Why Coexist


Coexist works in communities with a history of conflict to repair the divides caused by prejudice, hate and violence. By creating opportunities for people to work and learn together, we help build relationships, knowledge and common purpose to advance coexistence.

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Crisis of Understanding

Coexist was created to address the crisis of understanding that tears at the social fabric of societies around the world. Globalization has outpaced our understanding of one another, creating divisions that plague communities with prejudice, hate and violence.

These divides create instability that affects every facet of life, reducing global economic output, health, education, and progress in arts and science. In our interconnected world, a lack of social cohesion generates shock waves that damage not only the immediate region, but produce real consequences for the economy and job opportunities in communities on the other side of the world.

Understanding Changes Everything

Coexist is on a mission to advance social cohesion through education and innovation.

Coexist works at the faultlines of conflicting cultural identities to strengthen the bond that holds a society together through a sustainable model of people working and learning together. This generates social cohesion that reduces prejudice, hate and violence and prevents conflict from emerging again.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Tarek Elgawhary


Tarek is an entrepreneur, teacher, and philanthropist. He lives by the motto "live, love, and give." His mission in life is to ensure Coexist is an intergenerational effort that will continue to help people live together in harmony across their divides. He has taken the "long view" and is patiently building the organization with its many, many partners towards this goal. More information about his work can be found at www.coexistresearch.com

Dr. William Vendley

Board Member

William Vendley is the Secretary General of Religions for Peace International. He is a member of its World Council, which consists of 60 senior religious leaders from all continents. He is a pioneer in employing religious cooperation to help resolve conflict. He established Inter­religious Councils in Bosnia­Herzegovina and Sierra Leone in the immediate aftermath of the civil war, and assisted in the formal peace talks in Lome, Togo. He has led multi­religious efforts to prevent conflicts, mediate among warring parties, and heal societies in the aftermath of violence in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Liberia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Iraq, and other countries. He is convinced that multi­religious efforts for peacemaking provide unique strengths that complement those marshaled by governments and bodies like the United Nations. Dr. Vendley is an advisor to President Obama through his service on the Multi­religious Cooperation and International Affairs Task Force of the White House Faith­-Based Council. He lectures frequently in academic, governmental, and other forums.

Shamil Idriss

Board Member

is the Chief Executive Officer of Soliya. Mr. Idriss served as Executive Director of the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund which merged with Soliya in 2009. In 2005 he was appointed by UN Secretary­-General Kofi Annan as Deputy Director of the Alliance of Civilizations. He served on the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders and as COO of Search for Common Ground, a global conflict resolution organization. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and of the ASMA Society’s Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow.

Farida Elminyawi

Board Member

Farida Elminyawi is the founder and creator of Making Sense of Education, an international boutique consultancy firm helping families and students revolutionize their relationship with education and learning. Farida holds a Master’s in special education from the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. She is a licensed teacher in the State of Maryland, United States, a certified reading interventionist, and provides educational evaluations and assessments.

Operational Partners

We partner with organizations across the world to deliver the best impact on the ground

Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme

Coexist has forged a long-term partnership with the University of Cambridge to develop initiatives that create a better understanding of religion today.


The first corporate sponsor of the Coexist Campaign, Zenify has found a way to combat the harmful effects of stress and over stimulation with an extremely effective Zen Blend of Amino Acids L-Theanine, GABA and Glycine that help you stay Calm, Sharp & Focused. We're extremely proud to have Zenify's support in our work!


Meedan is a specialist online translation organization based in Palo Alto, California. Coexist works with Meedan to develop online translation platforms including Nurani. This pioneering work enables those who do not speak the same language to engage constructively with one another.


Kulanu, "All of us" in Hebrew, is a non-profit organization based in New York City that works around the world to support isolated and emerging Jewish communities that wish to learn more about Judaism and connect with the wider Jewish community.

Chetna Organic

A fair trade cooperative, Chetna Organic partners with smallholder and marginalized farmers to improve their livelihoods and make farming a sustainable and profitable occupation. Chetna works with farmers from the regions of Maharashtra, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, covering around 35,000 acres in total.

Rajlakshmi Mills

The Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills blend together garments manufacturing expertise with the highest certifications for organic and environmental stewardship. Rajlakshmi unites the best craftsmen across religious and social divides to produce soft, stylish and durable clothing - doing good while helping you look good.

Three Faiths Forum

Coexist partnered with the Three Faiths Forum (3FF) to create the Intercultural Forum (ICF). The ICF draws on the proven methods and fifteen-plus years experience of its mentor organization, the London-based 3ff, to bring religious and cultural diversity workshops into U.S. public, private, and faith-based high schools.

Greenbelt Festival

Greenbelt creates festivals and spaces where art, faith and justice collide. Coexist partnered to enrich the Greenbelt Festival with a new emphasis on multi-faith content and film.

Search for Common Ground

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) uses the media to build bridges of understanding around the world. Coexist worked with SFCG on the Common Ground News Service (CG News) to distribute constructive articles by local and international experts to thousands of media outlets across the world.

Mosintuwu Institute

Institute MOSINTUWU is a grassroots community movement in the post-conflict area of Poso, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, consisting of survivors of Poso conflict. MOSINTUWU’s Vision is empowering the people’s struggle for sovereignty over their economic, social, cultural, political and civil rights.

Insight Film Festival

Insight Film Festival provides a platform for young film makers to explore aspects of religion, culture and identity. The festival aims to create exceptional films, which will entertain, educate and inform, breaking down prejudices and building better understanding.

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Coexist joins forces with the Times Cheltenham Literature Festival to create a fascinating new series of polemical events focused on faith, culture and inspiration.

Prince's School of Traditional Arts

Coexist works with the Prince's School of Traditional Arts to promote public outreach programs in schools, colleges and museums.

BBC Radio 2

Coexist partners with BBC Radio 2 and the Times Cheltenham Literature Festival for the Pause for Though talent search.

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